Alhaji Ahmad Tejan Kabbah was born on 16 February 1932, in Pendemba, Kailahun District-part of the country's eastern province. His family moved to the capital of Freetown when he was a year old. Though a Muslim, he attended Catholic schools, including the elite Saint Edwards Academy. A distinguished student, Kabbah went on to study economics at University College, Wales, and later received a law degree. Following his return to Sierra Leone from exile in Guinea, his marriage to Patricia Tucker Kabbah, a devout Catholic and holder of an MA in French from the University of Chicago as well as a law degree, ended with her death. It was a great personal loss for Kabbah, who had to cope with it along with the challenges of ending civil war and negotiating a peace agreement.